John Fennelly, Lead WriterThe Giants are turning the corner on their 0-3 start, bringing their attention to the next opponent: Andy Reid’s 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs. Many feel the Giants’ season is on the line. Tom Coughlin doesn’t see it that way.
“It’s a long season,” Coughlin said. “We’ve played three games and we have a lot of games to go. Certainly we want to win, that’s our entire objective. Are we standing on the edge of the cliff? I don’t look at it that way. I see a lot of football to be played.”
Reid, who is facing Coughlin for the 20th time in his career (10-9) is on the same page. He is not taking the flagging Giants and their troubles for granted.
“We don’t get caught up in the record,” Reid said. “They’ve got a phenomenal head coach. They’re a good football team and so we’re preparing ourselves for a good football team. That’s the bottom line…I know they’ve got good players. I know we have a lot of work to get done and so that’s what we’re doing. We’re studying the Giants and we respect the heck out of them, but we’ve got to get better as a football team. That’s what we’re doing. That’s where our energy is going.”
Fences mended: Hakeem Nicks and Eli Manning have put Nicks’ comments behind them…
“It definitely was but, you know, that’s expected. At a time like this in the season, you know, it’s expected. As long as I know me and my quarterback and me and my team are on the same page, it’s all good,” Nicks said when asked if his comments were taken out of context. “We talked about it. They knew it though, they knew I didn’t mean anything by it so it was all good.”
“We just kind of looked at each other and said, ‘hey, we don’t have to talk about this, right?’,” Eli said. “Hakeem’s one of my great friends and I understand he wasn’t saying anything, I never thought he was saying anything at me or making any jabs. That’s Hakeem and he’s good and we’ll get back on track this week.”
The Giants placed FB Henry Hynoski (fractured shoulder) on season-ending IR and inked former Jet and Bengal John “The Terminator” Connor, who they hope will bring some physicality back to the running game.
“We need a fullback, we need a lead blocker,” Coughlin said. “He is a physical guy. We think he’ll go up in the hole and clear the hole for the running back and we hope he’ll be a good pass protector and contribute on special teams as well.”
Carolina DE Greg Hardy was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance last Sunday against the Giants….
*Hardy tied a career high with three sacks in the Panthers’ 38-0 win over the New York Giants. He also had a team-high eight tackles.
*Five of Hardy’s eight tackles were behind the line of scrimmage for a total of minus-22 yards.
*He was part of a defensive unit that registered seven sacks, forced three turnovers and allowed 150 total net yards.
*The Panthers are the first team in more than a decade to post a shutout victory of 38 points or more, record at least seven sacks and three turnovers, and hold an opponent to 150 total net yards in a game.
*Carolina recorded its first shutout since October 5, 2008 and the team’s seven sacks tied the single-game club record.